Chapter 4. New Features and Enhancements

This chapter introduces new features in Red Hat Satellite 6.3, and links to further information.

Ansible Tower Integration
Satellite 6.3 now supports Ansible Tower Integration. Ansible Tower is a web-based graphical interface for automating management tasks such as cloud provisioning, configuration, and application deployment. Red Hat Satellite, with Ansible Tower, provides a dynamic inventory, and provisioning callbacks. Ansible Tower is able to use Red Hat Satellite as a dynamic inventory source, and both products are able to sync inventory. Systems provisioned by Red Hat Satellite are able to ‘callback’ to Tower, allowing Ansible playbooks to run post provisioning.
Arbitrary Files in Content Views
Satellite 6.3 provides the ability for custom products to include repositories for custom file types. This provides a generic method to incorporate arbitrary files in a product. Applications range from distributing SSH keys and source code files to larger files such as virtual machine images and ISO files.
Bulk Subscription Upgrade Tooling
Satellite 6.3 subscription management now provides the ability to manage subscriptions against multiple systems. This includes the ability to export subscriptions to a file in CSV format, import from a previously exported CSV file, and bulk-attach subscriptions using the API and CLI.
Cloning Utility
Satellite 6.3 provides the ability to restore Red Hat Satellite to a bare metal environment by cloning an existing Red Hat Satellite 6.1 or 6.2 backup, and then upgrading the clone to Red Hat Satellite 6.3.
Content Synchronization Policies
Red Hat Satellite Capsules now feature their own user selectable download policy for repositories: On Demand, Background, Immediate, and Inherit from Repository.
EC2 Support
Satellite 6.3 now supports running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).
Email Setting Configuration
Satellite 6.3 introduces user configurable email settings by the API and the Administer settings of the web user interface. Settings include Sendmail/SMTP settings, authentication settings, and how emails are sent by Satellite.
Future-Dated Subscriptions
Satellite 6.3 introduces the ability to view and attach future dated subscriptions to systems. The Red Hat Customer Portal now has the facility to view and download manifests containing future dated subscriptions.
Host Name Control
Satellite 6.3 features improved hostname creation logic for clients with Discovery, providing the ability to set the fact that is used for the hostname of the system.
Improved Compute Resource Configuration
Satellite 6.3 introduces user configurable resource allocation within hypervisor environments.
LDAP User Organization and Location Assignment
This release adds to Hammer the ability to change the default location or organisation of a user, using the name of the location or organization in addition to the ID.
Login Page Messages
This release adds the ability to specify a custom message on the login screen to the Red Hat Satellite Server web user interface.
Notifications Area

This release adds a notifications area to the Red Hat Satellite Server web user interface. It displays event notifications to inform administrators of important environment changes, such as the following:

  • Host discovery
  • Host deletion
  • Successful provisioning of a system
  • Imported host with no owner
OpenSCAP Tailoring Files
This release adds the ability to upload and use tailoring files to customize existing OpenSCAP policies.
Organization Administrator Role
This release adds a new organization administrator role by default. This role can view the configuration of every element of the Satellite structure, logs, and statistics.
Parameterized Subnets
This release adds a method to specify parameters for subnets in a similar way as for domains. From the Infrastructure menu, when you create or edit subnets, there is a new Parameters tab.
Puppet 4 Support
This release supports hosts with Puppet version 3.8 or later. You can now update hosts to the Puppet 4 agent.
Red Hat Virtualization 4.0 Support
This release adds support for Red Hat Virtualization 4.0 as a compute resource back end.
Rename Utility
This release includes a tool for renaming a Satellite or Capsule Server.
SSH Key Provisioning Support
This release adds support for the deployment of public SSH keys as part of the provisioning process.
Static IP Configuration in Bootdisks
This release adds support for static IP configuration to be included in full host bootdisks.
Template Enhancements
This release adds two enhancements to provisioning templates. It is now possible to export templates. The template editor now features a Help tab which contains information about the template syntax.
Tokenized Authentication for Hammer
This release adds the ability to initiate a token-based authenticated session with Satellite and avoid storing credentials in plain text. You are only prompted once for credentials at the beginning of a session when running Hammer commands.
UEFI Support
This release adds support for PXE booting of UEFI systems.
User Description Field
This release adds the ability to specify a custom description for individual users in the Red Hat Satellite Server web user interface.
virt-who Configuration Utility
This release adds a feature which assists the task of creating and deploying virt-who configuration files. For RHEV3, RHV4 and RHEL-Based hypervisors, this release supports the following virt-who configuration types: rhevm and libvirt.